Startup Monday is ABCey’s weekly post that showcases some of the best and most innovative startups based in the San Francisco Bay Area! These are often companies that we have our eye on or have worked with in the past. Today, we’d like to highlight the sustainable fashion company, Rothy’s!
What is it?
You’ve likely seen them plastered across your social media accounts, if not on someone’s feet in San Francisco! Rothy’s is a US fashion startup that manufactures women’s shoes that are machine washable and made out of 100% recycled plastic materials. This makes Rothy’s shoes breathable, moisture-free, and allows them to maintain their shape. Founders Roth Martin and Stephen Hawthornthwaite felt that there was a need in the fashion industry for sustainable shoe wear that was not only fashionable, but also comfortable.
Why We Love It
In addition to their aesthetics, the shoes are highly eco-friendly, and they are created for women on-the-go. As a company comprised of many women and a female CEO, ABCey loves this concept! They claim to be comfy like sneakers- oh, and also? They are really CUTE! We also love that they produce sustainable shoes! With these flats, you can be comfortable, stylish, and help the environment all in one purchase! As of Earth Day, they had already officially repurposed over 10 million bottles!
How it Works?
Visit Rothy’s website, browse through their shoe selection, pick your favorite style and size, and they’ll ship it to you like any other online store! Wear them whenever, wherever. If they get dirty, don’t fret! They’re machine washable so you can clean them with ease. If you get bored of the pair you have, Rothy’s has a system in place where you can wash your pair and send them to Rothy’s recycling facility so they can be reused, and you can buy a new pair that you like!
Now that’s sustainable fashion at its finest!
It’s almost Friday! ABCey brings you this week’s Weekend Lineup with the top events in the Bay Area for the upcoming weekend! There is everything from craft fairs and trunk shows to pop ups and block parties!
Weekend Lineup: Renegade Craft Fair
July 15th-16th | 11am-6pm | Free Admission | Fort Mason Center Pavilion, 2 Marina Blvd, San Francisco, CA 94123
If you love arts and crafts, then this is the place to be this weekend! Over 300 craft makers and designers will be in attendance to show their creativity for this one-of- a kind shopping experience! These vendors will include modern handmade merchandise such as jewelry and accessories, art, fashion, ceramics, candles, illustration, stationery, home decor, cookware, apothecary, and much more!
Burning Man “Beyond the Fence Trunk Show & DJ Party”
Saturday, July 15th | 12pm-6pm | Free Admission | The Great Northern, 119 Utah St., San Francisco, CA
Who’s getting excited for Burning Man?! Shop while you dance to DJs at this years trunk show as you prepare for the desert. Over 30 designers will be selling merchandise perfect for the desert that will make your Burning Man experience one to remember!
SF Etsy Pop Up
Saturday, July 15th | 11am- 5pm | Free Admission | Ghirardelli Square, 900 North Point Street, San Francisco, CA
Etsy is popping up in San Francisco! Come shop from the SF Etsy team or take a crafting class at the heart of the Ghirardelli Square! If you’re planning to stop by for the crafting class, you must RSVP!
July 15th & 16th | 10am-6pm | Free Admission | Santa Cruz Avenue, Menlo Park, California
Summer is here and that means it’s outdoor festival season! This two day event includes live music, art, delicious food and beverages, home and garden exhibits and a lot of fun activities for kids!
Summer of Love Dance Party
Saturday, July 15th| 7pm-10pm | Free Admission | 50 Moraga Ave, The Presidio, San Francisco, CA
Get your groove on and celebrate the Summer of Love’s 50th anniversary! This dance party will play your favorite tunes from the 60s as you get to cruise back in time! There will also be face painting, henna tattoos, classic photo booths and much more!
Friday is here and the weekend is near! ABCey Events has our Weekend Lineup with the top 5 Bay Area and SF events that you don’t want to miss!
Top 5 Bay Area/SF Events
January 20th – January 31 | Participating Restaurants | San Francisco
Who doesn’t love yummy food and good prices? SF Restaurant Week kicks off tomorrow! Restaurant week celebrates the five star San Francisco dining community. 130 restaurants offer special multi-course pre fixed lunch and dinner menus where you can have a world class dining experience on a budget. Return to one of your favorite places or explore somewhere new!
January 21 | 9pm – 3am | Tickets | Cover $10 – 30 Donation | 119 Utah St., San Francisco
Following the Women’s March happening earlier in the day in SF and Oakland go party alongside some amazing women while also helping out great causes! All donations go to Planned Parenthood and the SF Women’s Community Clinic. Come out and support ladies all around the USA while dancing in the company of Rachel Torro, Laura Lisbona, Sharon Buck, Brass Tax’s Haute Mess.
January 21 | Doors open at 8pm | Tickets | The Regency Ballroom, San Francisco
The Edwardian Ball is an fantastic celebration of art, music, theater, fashion, technology, circus and the creations of author and illustrator Edward Gorey. This is a multimedia extravaganza that grew from an underground club party to a world wide know event! Definitely worth checking out!
January 20 | 5pm | Public Works SF, San Francisco
Looking for a cool yoga experience? Deep House yoga combines house music and power flow yoga in a club environment to make an exercise experience you won’t forget! Get away from the typical yoga studio this weekend and decompress under blacklights while listening to a DJ.
January 20 – 22 | Tours start every hour from 12 – 3 | Sea Lion Statue west of the Pier 39 Entrance Plaza, San Francisco
Looking for some exercise with the chance of spotting some cute sea lions? Pier 39 is celebrating its 39th year by hosting fun events throughout the coming year! This weekend the pier is celebrating the 27th anniversary of the sea lions’ arrival to Pier 39 with free Sea Lion Encounter walking tours!
There is a weekend of festivals ahead of us and ABCey has selected the best ones for you! Our weekend lineup shows you where to find the best entertainment and coolest festivities. From party animals to food lovers, we’ll fill you in on the hottest spots in San Francisco!
Union Square Fall Fashion Festival
Thursday, October 9 | 5PM to 11PM | Union Square | Free The stores on Union Square will be celebrating the upcoming fall fashion and are inviting everybody to a fashion party in the heart of San Francisco. Participating shops will be offering discounts and gifts, combined with entertainment, refreshments and music. Most stores will be open late! Fashion fans that want to continue the festivities, are also invited to the after-party at Hawthorn Cocktail Lounge. You can purchase tickets for the after-party here.
October 9 – 13 | 11AM to 6PM | Northern Waterfront, San Francisco | Free Fleet Week is back! In honor of the armed forces of our nation, the Northern Waterfront will be presenting air shows, ship parades, and military displays. Visit the pier to enjoy all kinds of live entertainment and performances. Visitors can watch the famous ship parade on Friday at 11AM and the Blue Angels air show rehearsal from 12:30PM to 3PM. If you like fireworks you can watch the firework show on Saturday at 8:30PM. For the full program click here.
2014 World Vegetarian Day Festival
October 11 – 12 | 10AM to 6PM | SF Country Fair Building inside Golden Gate Park | Free from 10 AM to 10:30AM, then $10. Free for students with ID and children under 12 years. This two-day festival is a must for all vegetarians, vegans, and meatless food lovers! Aside from guest speakers, talks, cooking demos, and health exhibits, there will be plenty of free samples! Inform yourself about a healthy diet and learn how to use plant-based meat substitutes like seitan or soyrizo in your meals. Click here for the schedule.
Yerba Buena Night Festival
Saturday, October 11 | 4PM to 10 PM | Yerba Buena Center for Arts, 701 Mission Street (at 3rd Street) | Free | If you’re looking for a fun culture event, the Yerba Buena Night Festival will be your best bet! The 4th annual outdoor event presents music, dance, and art on 5 stages. Enjoy performances by Ensemble Mik Nawooi, Hope Mohr Dance, The Verms, and many more. Novela, La Boulange, Off the Grid and many other vendors will be there to spoil you with delicious food.
Sunday, October 12 | 12PM to 12AM | Entrance 19th Street and Mariposa | Cover: $15 before 4PM, then $20 | Do you love Burning Man and can’t wait for next year? You don’t have to wait that long for your next Burning Man experience! Dedicated Burners have the chance to party, enjoy music, dancing, performances, and art this weekend, in good old Burning Man style. Dig out your fanciest costume and join Decompression 2014 for a day celebrating the Playa.Which festival will you be enjoying this weekend? Tell us about your plans in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter!
Let’s face it, whether your a mom on the go or working crazy hours at the office, it’s not always easy to find the time to shop. But lucky for us we live in a world where technology loves to make our lives just a little bit easier, which bring us to a new era of shopping! Try on clothes at home, wear designer dresses at a fraction of the cost, get a personal stylist? It’s all possible thanks to businesses like these:
Rent the Runway
Want a stunning dress to go with your next big event…without the issue of breaking the bank? Rent the Runway offers shoppers the chance to rent designer pieces, dresses, jewelry, and handbags at 10% off the retail cost! How it works is that you select the dress you like and have it shipped to your home (with an additional size at no cost!) You keep the items for a 4 to 8 day period with Rent the Runway also providing a hassle free return with prepaid, pre-addressed packaging.
Similar to Rent the Runway, Le Tote is a rental company for clothing, but instead of special event clothing Le Tote offers shoppers everyday rentable wear! Shoppers have access to unlimited rentals worth up to $1000 plus, you’re even able to keep the clothes as long as you like (similar to the concept of renting a Netflix DVD) for the cost of $49 a month.
Too busy to get he latest looks? Why not hire a personal stylist? Stitch Fix, a San Francisco based clothing retailer, mixes tech and fashion bringing five new items to your door with every order! How it works: Customers pay a $20 styling fee (applying to the cost of the items you keep) and fill out an online style profile, stylists will use customers’ profiles as well as social media outlets like Facebook and Pinterest to find five items styled just for you! Once customers receive the items they have three days to try them and pick and choose their favorites.
Having trouble finding the perfect bra? True&Co can fix that! Similar to Stitch Fix, True&Co offers shoppers the opportunity to try on items without the commitment of keeping it. All you need to do is their 2 minute online quiz to determine your size, select styles you love, and then try it on! And don’t worry, if it doesn’t fit the first time True&Co works with you to help you find your perfect match!
Do you feel like this week went by incredibly fast and you haven’t made plans for your weekend yet? Don’t worry, ABCey Events has you covered! Whether you’re into science, literature, food, or fashion – we’ve gathered a list of the most exciting events in San Francisco on September 13-14, 2014.
Free Shakespeare in the Park: The Taming of the Shew
Saturday and Sunday | 2pm | Main Post Lawn | 103 Montgomery Street, Main Post, Presidio
The ideal event to bring your friends and family together! Bring a blanket and some snacks and enjoy the funny and crazy plot twists in Shakespeare’s The Taming of the Shew. A Green Show describing Shakespeare’s background and history precedes the play, which makes this event great for non-Shakespeare literates as well.
Chic Metropolitan Fashion Show
Saturday | 7pm – 1am | 950 Mason St, San Francisco | Cover $30-50
If you are into fashion, you can’t miss the Fast and Luxurious fashion show by Chic Metropolitan this Saturday. Held in The Grand Ballroom of the Fairmont Hotel and presented by multi-millionaire Robert Herjavec, Chic Metropolitan will introduce the latest fashion from Colleen Queen on more than 50 models. The Bay Area mash-up band The Rock-It Scientists will be playing at the event. Feel fancy and dip into the world of the rich and famous. Click here for more information and tickets.
Ghirardelli Square Chocolate Festival
Saturday and Sunday | 12pm – 5pm | Ghirardelli Square, San Francisco | Free entry but chocolate samples must be purchased.
Chocolate lovers will enjoy this weekend’s 19th annual Ghirardelli Chocolate Festival! More than 30 vendors will be offering all kinds of sweet and delicious samples. The sampling tickets can be purchased here and the money will be donated to Project Open Hand. If you don’t want to spend money on the sampling tickets, there are still plenty of other reasons to check out this event! There will be chef demonstrations from chocolatiers, cupcake bakers and many more, as well as the popular ice-cream sundae eating contest.
California Academy of Science: Free Admission Day
Sunday | 11am – 5pm | 55 Music Concourse Drive, San Francisco
This upcoming Sunday is one of the rare days when the California Academy of Sciences opens its doors for free to the public. Seize this opportunity! Bring family and friends and visit the world-class 400,000 square foot institution that includes an aquarium, a planetarium, a natural history museum and a four-story rainforest.
Where will you be this weekend? Tell us your plans in the comments below or on Facebook and Twitter.
Though it’s a gloomy day in San Francisco, the weekend is supposed to clear up in time for some great events. We’ve gathered up tech events for the techies, a festival for the wine lovers, and of course the legendary Bay to Breakers marathon!
1. Pitch Night! | May 16th | Spear St | Connect with Silicon Valley’s community of entrepreneurs and Google Developers. Pitch Night is your opportunity to meet people from the valley and around the world, pitch your ideas, form teams, and take the first steps at making your idea viable. This is a one night event, unlike a typical Startup Weekend event is only 5 hours.
2. Digitally Chic Meetup: Spring Fever | May 16th | The View @ The Marriott Marquis | Meet and mingle with all of the fashion geeks you’ve been sharing tech & fashion news within the DC group. This is a perfect opportunity to network and bond with people with whom you share a common interest.
3. “Feel the Music” Music & Tech | May 17th | North Beach | “Feel the Music” is a two-day forum on music and the science of how it produces emotion. A 3D, ambisonic sound studio helps make decisions in architecture, urban planning, and multimedia art, while new devices like the MobileMuse estimate the emotional impact of a live performance.
4. 2013 Uncorked San Francisco Wine Festival | May 18th | Ghirardelli Square | The eighth annual Uncorked Wine Festival is a free all day festival in Ghirardelli Square with live music, wine seminars and chef demonstrations by renowned Bay Area chefs. Beach Street will be closed to traffic for the event to provide room for over 40 Northern California wineries, breweries and other merchants. Wine and other vendors will be showcased throughout the courtyards of Ghirardelli Square as well.
5. Bay to Breakers | May 19 | The Embarcadero to Ocean Beach | Each year the race is a glorious celebration of the human spirit – a giant wave of athleticism, fun, frivolity, and determination flowing across the City from the Bay to the Pacific Ocean. In the true spirit of San Francisco the race is a celebration for everyone. Thousands of costumed participants join with families, and weekend runners and walkers.